There is a big problem with surfing equipment. Most surfboards are made out of materials that can not be recycled or that are difficult to recycle. The other problem is the process to make these boards requires oil based toxic chemicals.
If you have a few minutes check out this video. Unsustainable
I'm guilty of owning some foam boards. I've been trying for the last 10 years to build wood boards to replace the foam. My longboards were fun to surf but, I wouldn't say easy. The heaviness of them made it more of a challenge.
The shorter boards I built were too heavy also. Then, I started to use balsa. That made a world of difference.
Since then I've been using a combination of paulownia and balsa. The paulownia is in the areas of more stress.
I don't want to be political about foam vs. wood. For me it's about designing and building a board. It's my hope that the Ormond by the Sea Wooden Surfboard Gathering will be a place where like minded people can come together for a day or two.